Democratic 3rd Congressional District candidate Knudsen drops out of race
Brett Knudsen, one of five Democrats seeking to replace Rep. Ron Kind, says he cannot move forward with his campaign financially
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Democratic 3rd Congressional District candidate Brett Knudsen, one of five Democrats seeking to replace longtime seat-holder Rep. Ron Kind, is dropping out of the race.
Knudsen, of Holmen, made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday, saying he cannot move forward with his campaign financially.
In his announcement, he says, in part, “This post comes with a heavy heart…
“After being the first candidate to announce the entrance to the race for Congress, I will have to be the first to exit.
“Due to financing the campaign through 95% of personal funding, I am simply unable to carry on.”
Knudsen says in the post that his goal had been to “add an extra voice for democracy” and to “speak against atrocities carried out by our government.”
Knudsen says his Facebook page will be used for commentary going forward, saying that the fight isn’t over.
Kind, of La Crosse, announced last summer he is not seeking re-election.
With Knudsen dropping out, there are four Democratic candidates left in the running: Rebecca Cooke, Deb McGrath, Mark Neumann and State Sen. Brad Pfaff, who represents the 32nd District in the Wisconsin Senate.
The primary for the seat is on Aug. 9. The winner probably will face Republican Derrick Van Orden in the general election Nov. 8.
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